Posted at: 10/02/2013 10:53 PM
Updated at: 10/02/2013 10:56 PM
By: Sean Boswell
Warning Signs of MNsure Scams
(ABC 6 News) -- Since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, the Department of Commerce says scammers have been creating ways to take advantage of people’s uncertainty surrounding it.
With MNsure open in Minnesota, authorities now fear scams could spread. In the past, scammers have posed as insurance agents, or representatives of the federal government trying to sell fraudulent policies and get personal information.
There are red flags to look out for. The first is limited time offers. Enrollment is available now through March 31, 2014.
The second is unsolicited phone calls. Neither the federal government nor MNsure will call to sell insurance.
The third is callers looking for personal information. If someone calls looking for your bank account information or social security number, you should just hang up the phone.
Nationally, there have been fake websites claiming to be selling insurance for more than a year.
If you feel you have been a victim of scam or fraud, you are advised to contact the Minnesota Department of Commerce Response Team at (651) 539-1600.